F-6 visa in Korea

F-6 Visa in Korea 2024 (Newly revised requirements and exemptions).

Revised requirements and exemptions for issuing F-6 in Korea from 1st January 2024

Foreigners marrying Koreans are eligible for the F-6 visa in Korea, allowing them to live in Korea. We have handled dozens of F-6-1 visa cases for our foreign clients.

As of December 7, 2023, some requirements have changed, which we aim to inform our foreign clients through this blog. The following revised requirements will be effective from January 1, 2024:

F-6 visa in Korea
F-6 visa in Korea

1. Income Requirement for the Inviter

The person inviting a foreigner for marriage Visa(F-6 Visa in Korea) (hereinafter referred to as the ‘inviter’) must have an annual income (before taxes) over the past year (based on the visa issuance application date) as follows:

2-person household: 22,095,654 KRW
3-person household: 28,287,942 KRW
4-person household: 34,379,478 KRW
5-person household: 40,174,410 KRW
6-person household: 45,710,214 KRW
7-person household: 51,089,964 KRW

2. Income Exceptions

A. The inviter’s assets (savings, insurance, securities, bonds, real estate, etc.) can be considered as income, with 5% of the asset value being recognized as income.
(Example) For a 2-person household (standard amount 22,095,654 KRW), if A’s annual income is 18 million KRW and assets are 90 million KRW, the total would be 18 million KRW (income) + 4.5 million KRW (5% of 90 million KRW assets) = 22.5 million KRW, meeting the income requirement.
B. If the income and assets of the inviter’s immediate family residing in the same household meet the income requirement.

3. Basic Level Korean Language Requirement for the Invitee

A. The visa applicant (hereinafter referred to as the ‘invitee’) for marriage cohabitation must pass a Korean language test or complete a Korean language course.

1) Pass TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) level 1 or above, conducted by the National Institute for International Education under the Ministry of Education (only valid if within the expiry period).

2) Complete a Korean language course (Korean Course Level 2, 120 hours or more) operated by a Korean Education Institute or Sejong Hakdang (beginner level, 120 hours or more).

3) Complete a beginner level Korean language course conducted by an institution designated by the head of the overseas diplomatic mission with the approval of the Minister of Justice (However, those who have completed the course more than 2 years ago must pass a direct assessment by a consul).
※ (Example) Korean language institutions designated at the request of the head of the overseas diplomatic mission.

4) Complete level 2 or above of the KIIP (Korean Immigration and Integration Program), but those who have completed the course more than 2 years ago must pass a direct assessment by a consul.

5) Obtain a degree in Korean language from a university or graduate school.

B. Exemption Criteria for Evaluation

1) Whether the inviter has invited another spouse within the last 5 years (Article 9-5, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 3 of the Enforcement Rule of the Immigration Control Act).
❍ If the inviter and the invitee have a child born together.
❍ If the other spouse invited for marriage cohabitation was found to have married without genuine marital intent, only as a means to enter Korea, and received a marriage nullity judgment from the court.
❍ If the inviter had invited another spouse, but the issuance of the visa for marriage cohabitation was denied, or the foreigner did not enter Korea after the visa was issued.
❍ If the other spouse died for reasons not attributable to the inviter, such as assault.
2) Whether the inviter meets the income requirement set and announced annually by the Minister of Justice, considering the median income standard under Article 2, Subparagraph 11 of the National Basic Living Security Act (Article 9-5, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 4 of the Enforcement Rule of the Immigration Control Act).
❍ If the inviter and the invitee have a child born together.
❍ If the inviter and the invitee have lived together abroad for more than one year after marriage (excluding de facto marriage), making it impossible for the inviter to have income in Korea in the last year.
❍ In other cases where the Minister of Justice specifically recognizes the need to exempt the application of the requirement.
3) Mutual provision of health status and criminal record information.
❍ If the invitee has continuously resided in their country for more than 6 months or has continuously resided in a third country on a long-term visa for studying, working abroad, etc., and can prove that they dated the inviter during that period.
❍ If the invitee has legally resided for more than 91 days in Korea on a long-term residence qualification according to [Table 1-2] of the Enforcement Decree of the Immigration Control Act and can prove that they dated the inviter during that period.
❍ If there are humanitarian considerations, such as pregnancy or childbirth, for the inviter or the invitee.
4) Basic Level Korean Language Proficiency of the Invitee
If the inviter and the invitee have a child born together.
❍ If the invitee is a Korean heritage foreigner and their Korean language proficiency is proven.
❍ If the invitee has previously resided in Korea for more than 1 year continuously.

  • However, if the invitee’s Korean language proficiency is significantly lacking, a direct assessment by a consul can be conducted, and they can be excluded from the exemption.
    ❍ If the inviter has previously resided for more than 1 year continuously in a country where the native language of the invitee is an official language.
  • However, if the inviter’s proficiency in the invitee’s native language is significantly lacking, a direct assessment by a consul can be conducted, and they can be excluded from the exemption.
    ❍ If the inviter and the invitee have resided for more than 1 year continuously in a third country where a language other than Korean or the invitee’s native language is an official language.
  • However, if the proficiency of the inviter or the invitee in the third country’s language is significantly lacking, a direct assessment by a consul can be conducted, and they can be excluded from the exemption.
    ❍ If the language of the inviter’s pre-naturalization nationality is the same as the native language of the invitee.

Many foreign clients mistakenly believe that applying for an F-6 visa is convenient and easily granted.

However, due to the high incidence of fraudulent marriages and invitations, the immigration office undergoes rigorous annual reviews before granting F-6 visas.

Therefore, to increase the chances of obtaining an F-6 visa and to avoid wasting time and money, we recommend hiring an immigration law firm like ours that specializes in immigration law.

If you need our services for an F-6 visa application or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information, please contact the immigration office’s official website.

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